[ peyt-n-see, pat- ]
/ ˈpeɪt n si, ˈpæt- /
the state of being patent.
Medicine/Medical. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed.
Phonetics. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops.
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British Dictionary definitions for patency
/ (ˈpeɪtənsɪ) /
the condition of being obvious
the state of a bodily passage, duct, etc, of being open or unobstructed
phonetics the degree to which the vocal tract remains unobstructed in the articulation of a speech soundSee also closure (def. 7)
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Word Origin and History for patency
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Medicine definitions for patency
[ pāt′n-sē ]
The state or quality of being open, expanded, or unblocked.
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